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Supporters of Prabowo stage demonstration outside MK Hundreds of supporters of the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa presidential duo were holding a protest in front of the Constitutional Court (MK) again here on Monday to support the lawsuit against the July 9 election results.

Posted in Elections @ 11 August 2014 18:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP prepares against Prabowo-Hatta`s evidence of fraud The Indonesias Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) will prepare documents for KPU against presidential candidate pair Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasas evidence of fraud during election following their filing of lawsuit with the Constitutional Court.

Posted in Elections @ 25 July 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hatta Rajasa continues his silence Hatta Rajasa, the running mate of Prabowo Subianto, continued to remain silent until Thursday following Prabowos declaration to reject the July 9 presidential election and withdraw from the remaining election process two days ago.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 16:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wins presidential elections The Indonesian elections commission on Tuesday night officially proclaimed Joko Widodo the winner of the most bitterly fought and closest-run presidential election in the country’s history.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 16:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo rejects presidential election process Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto here Tuesday rejected the presidential election process saying that there have been massive electoral frauds during the election day.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 15:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Minister: 'Presidential election proceeds peacefully' The presidential election had run smoothly and peacefully without any significant obstacles, stated Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "The implementation of the election has proceeded well," the defense minister noted after observing the pacification of the election at the Jakarta Military Commands Post in East Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants all parties to be merry during campaigns Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has expressed hope that all parties will be merry during the presidential election campaigns between June 4 and July 5, 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for cabinet meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono calls for a cabinet meeting here on Wednesday to remind ministers to continue their work until the end of their service time next October 2014, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said.

Posted in Polio @ 04 June 2014 10:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to sign Ratu Atut's temporary termination letter President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will soon sign the temporary termination letter of the Banten provincial governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, as she had been named as a defendant, the presidential spokesman said.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 May 2014 21:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten Governor charged with bribing chief justice The provincial governor of Banten in West Java, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, was charged with paying Rp1 billion to former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar to win an election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 21:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister asks for reports on exam fraud Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has asked the people to report any fraud in the implementation of national examinations, to the authorities.

Posted in General @ 14 April 2014 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati calls on students to monitor 2014 elections Opposition party leader Megawati Soekarnoputri called on students here on Saturday not to become absentee voters, but to help monitor the upcoming general elections. "Do not become absentee voters, because if we do we might get a leader that we do not want. We, instead, must monitor the election to avoid fraud," she said before students of Surabaya University.

Posted in Elections @ 01 March 2014 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Many fictitious official trips in state-owned enterprises' State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has stated that corruption in the form of fictitious official trips is quite common in state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 October 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta election supervisor receives 54 complaints The Jakarta Election Supervisory Committee has announced that it received 54 complaints from local people about fraud during the Jakarta gubernatorial elections on July 11.

Posted in Elections @ 12 July 2012 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All civil servants to be required to report wealth Administrative Reform Minister Azwar Abubakar said all civil servants would be required to report their wealth to anticipate the recurrence of cases of civil servants having huge bank accounts.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expat hotel owner jailed in Singaraja NusaBali reports that the expatriate owner of the Hotel Melka in Singaraja, Karl Gunther Meyer (52), is being held in the Singaraja prison in under suspicion of fraud or embezzlement involving billions of rupiahs allegedly taken from a business associate.

Posted in Crime @ 28 February 2012 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto grandson facing alleged fraud investigation Ari Sigit, a grandson of former President Soeharto, is facing a police investigation for alleged fraud at the expense of the management of a PT Krakatau Steel subsidiary.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2012 01:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Phone operators deny involvement in phone credit theft A number of phone operators claimed that they have taken precautions to prevent their customers unwittingly having their phone credit deducted by short text messages (SMS) offering prizes and premium content.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2011 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two arrested for $59 million insurance scam in Indonesia Police in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta detained two people on Friday for an alleged money-laundering scheme involving state-owned insurer Asuransi Kredit Indonesia (Askrindo) which may have cost the state up to Rp 500 billion ($59 million), local media reported on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 21 August 2011 06:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigating NII for alleged subversion The National Police are investigating the Indonesia Islamic State (NII) movement over allegations of subversion, or planned subversive activities, as has been alleged by a number of its former members. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said on Friday that the police could not act against the NII without sufficient evidence.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Indonesian companies involved in $187 million tax fraud An Indonesian lawmaker on Friday announced that six local companies were involved in an alleged $187 million tax fraud, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 January 2011 09:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men on trial for ATM card scheme Two men on trial in Bali accused of stealing funds from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in various locations across Bali saw State prosecutors demanding prisons terms of 13 years and fines of Rp. 100 million (83.000 euro) for each of the men.

Posted in Crime @ 28 September 2010 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy Suharto sues Garuda over 'convicted murderer' Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the son of deceased dictator Suharto, is suing state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia and the publishers of its in-flight magazine for referring to him as a “convicted murderer” in an article about one of his resorts. The civil hearing kicked off in the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 September 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners facing prison for Bali property fraud Christopher James Forbes and Angus Knowles Jackson, accused on involvement in a US$195,000 fraudulent property deal are facing the possibility of 2.5 years in prison if prosecutors sentencing demands are met by the Denpasar Court.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2010 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Strong action needed against tax mafia' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered law enforcement institutions to "seriously" handle alleged mafia practices at the tax office following the finding of dubious money transfers to a tax officer's bank account.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 April 2010 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank managers arrested over credit card scam Bali Post says that the national police have arrested a manager from Bank Danamon suspected to have played a role in the theft of customers' money via the ATM system. Police say the manager was apprehended in Bandung on Friday, February 5, 2010. The arrest follows an earlier arrest, also in Bandung, of a manager working for Bank Central Asia (BCA).

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 suspects named in ATM scams The national police in Indonesia have named a number of 20 suspects in the scam with ATMs in Indonesia. These scams first took place in Jakarta and Bali, but soon spread abroad, suspecting a large international network now being active harvesting Indonesian Rupiah's in a fraudulent way.

Posted in Crime @ 28 January 2010 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Arrests made in Bali over ATM scandal Police in Bali and Jakarta have made a number of arrests in a scam that has fleeced larges sums of money from the bank accounts of people who used ATMs in Bali. The well-organized and sophisticated criminals reportedly installed an additional fake slot on an ATM Machine together with a small CCTV camera that recorded the password entered by the ATM customer.

Posted in Crime @ 25 January 2010 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From hotel room to standard prison cell Artalyta Suryani, a businesswoman convicted for corruption, thought she had it all figured out after she was put in prison for her crime. Her cell in the Pondok Bambu prison in East Jakarta was turned into a hotel room in which she was supposed to stay for a few years. Her 64 square meter large room had a large bed, flat0screen television, refrigerator and air-conditioning.

Posted in Crime @ 22 January 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Magnetic strip on bank cards may become a problem Bank Indonesia has decreed that, beginning in early 2010, all credit cards issued in Indonesia are required to contain a computer chip as an added security measure. A regulation issued by the Bank in April 2009 mandates the use of chips.

Posted in Economy @ 06 January 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fraud with my credit card For everything is a first time. Yesterday I was SMS-ed from the Netherlands with the request to check my email. No company asked me to do that, but my contact person in the Netherlands which can be contacted by the Rabobank in case it is needed. I checked my email right away and found out that the Fraud Prevention team of the Rabobank had blocked by credit card because they suspected that my card was used by others.

Posted in Crime @ 30 September 2009 11:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A world of snow and ice in Yogyakarta Yeah, the title looks like pure fraud, but that doesn't seem to be completely true though. For some time now, about one and a half year, Yogyakarta has its own ice rink for those who want to skate some rounds or just want to do crazy on two of those thin metal strips under your feel. That is at least what they say in advertisements for the ice rink. That reality is slightly different than in those advertisements, is not really amazing. However the leaflet got in a pile 'still to do' somewhere on my desk, I already had the chance to have a look what the fuss was all about.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes fight for Soeharto millions to UK Lawyers from the Indonesian government will be in a courtroom on the island of Guernsey, south of Great Britain, claiming that the family of former president Soeharto siphoned off billions of dollars in public money. The case is aimed at seizing 50 million US dollar from an account in on the island, belonging to Hutomo Mandala Putra (commonly known as Tommy) , the son of the former president.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2007 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia anti-graft fight gets boost from extradition treaty President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said yesterday that the newly signed treaty with Singapore would most likely become a major help for his government to fight corruption. Under the new extradition treaty, fugitive businessmen who hide in foreign countries with huge amounts of money stolen from the country, can be brought home to face justice. He said this during a visit to Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 29 April 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Global Fund stops assistance; corruption suspected Global Fund, an organization that provides assistance to help deal with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, stopped it's assistance to Indonesia last March on suspicion of fraud. Firman Lubis, deputy chairman for the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), told that the funds stopped flowing to Indonesia after an audit held by Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia plans to tighten internet surveillance The government wants to tackle internet crime by tightening supervision of it's web surfers. This was told by an official earlier today. "The aim is to minimize the misuse of the Internet, including for criminal activities," Gatot Dewa Broto, spokesman for Indonesia's telecommunications regulator, told.

Posted in Politics @ 14 March 2007 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia agonises over search for clean judges Achmad Ali shifted uncomfortably, constantly adjusting his collar as he was interviewed by the Indonesian Judicial Commission about joining the nation's highest legal body, the Supreme Court. Like most Indonesians, the university law school dean is an avid user of SMS phone messaging. Commission members were complaining about being besieged by pleas to ignore reports that Mr Ali was under investigation for embezzling law school funds.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 November 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police general gets 18 months for bribery An Indonesian police general received an 18-month jail term on Tuesday for taking a bribe in connection with a multi-million dollar graft case at state-run PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk (BNI), the country's third largest bank. Commissioner-General Suyitno Landung, Indonesia's former chief detective, received a bribe of a car from the main perpetrator of the 2003 fraud case at BNI involving $130 million worth of export credits, the South Jakarta court said.

Posted in Crime @ 11 October 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New system detects 1,800 fake passports The government has detected some 1,800 cases of passport fraud since it implemented the new biometric passport system earlier this year, immigration officials said Wednesday. Justice and Human Rights Ministry spokesman Taswem Tarib said officials had found 181 attempts to duplicate passports from June 12-16.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 June 2006 19:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Barnabas Suebu named Papua governor Barnabas Suebu was officially named the winner of Papua's direct gubernatorial election following a 10-hour plenary session of the provincial General Elections Commission (KPUD) on Monday. In the March 10 election, former governor Barnabas and his running mate, Golkar Party legislator Alexander Hessegem, garnered 354,763 of the over 1.1 million valid votes. Over 17,000 votes were declared invalid and thrown out.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drive to halt graft turns to judiciary A year into the rule of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, graft busters in Indonesia are turning their attention to the country’s notoriously corrupt judiciary through a case involving the half-brother of former strongman Suharto and Indonesia’s top court. Investigators from Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, or KPK, are on Monday expected to question two senior Supreme Court officials in connection with claims that Mr Suharto’s half-brother, Probosutedjo, paid more than Rp16bn ($1.6m, €1.3m, £898,500) to court officials to have a corruption conviction either thrown out or reduced.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2005 21:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Key suspect in state-owned bank fraud captured in Medan A main suspect in a multi-million-dollar state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia (MNI) fraud case, Adrian Waworuntu, was arrested in Medan, the capital of Nort Sumatera province, senior police officer said as quoted by the Indonesian daily Media Indonesia on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati effectively concedes election loss President Megawati Sukarnoputri effectively conceded defeat in Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot Thursday by not filing any complaints despite claims from her party of vote fraud. The Constitutional Court said former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's sweeping victory was final. It said Megawati had not submitted any objections by a Thursday deadline.

Posted in Elections @ 08 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono wins Indonesia poll but delays speech Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been declared the runaway winner of Indonesia's first direct presidential election but faces an immediate problem when his opponent refuses to concede defeat. Yudhoyono had been scheduled to make an acceptance speech at 7.00 p.m. (1 p.m.) after the independent election commission said he had crushed incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Elections @ 04 October 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general Yudhoyono wins Indonesia poll Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has won Indonesia's presidential election run-off in a landslide, capping a rapid rise to power for the former general who has pledged to create jobs, stamp out graft and fight terrorism. Preliminary final results obtained on Monday gave Yudhoyono 60 percent of Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot while incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri took 39 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 04 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to return US$10m to World Bank The World Bank said on Friday that the Indonesian government had returned the US$10 million in funds publishers here allegedly corrupted from the Book and Reading Development Project. The World Bank announced in Washington last Tuesday that collusion had led to the procurement of inferior quality books in a school book project and urged the Indonesian government to repay US$10 million of some $53 million disbursed.

Posted in Economy @ 02 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general expected to win presidential election A former general, who has promised to uphold civilian rule, appears to have easily defeated the incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia’s presidential election today, according to a nationwide survey of votes. Gen. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was expected to win 61 percent of the vote compared to 39 percent for Ms. Megawati in the runoff election, according to the survey by the Washington based National Democratic Institute.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo tops first round of Indonesia vote Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono topped the first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential election and will face incumbent Megawati Soekarnoputri in a September run-off, the election commission (KPU) said on Monday. Susilo, who rose from rank outsider to hot favorite after resigning from Megawati's cabinet during a heated row earlier this year, had the highest number of votes but less than the 50 percent needed to prevent the Sept. 20 run-off, election commission officials said. Megawati came second in the race among five candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 26 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid alleges fraud in vote tally as concerns mount Former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has alleged fraud in the computerided tally of election results and said 16 parties would meet to discuss whether to accept the outcome of Monday's poll. "There is widespread fraud," he said in an interview on local radio, citing the vote count and "various other" problems. "It's still a question whether the results of this election can be accepted," he said. Local newspapers on Thursday also reported concerns about possible fraud in the computerised tally.

Posted in Elections @ 08 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voter cards bought and sold openly Voter cards for the legislative election on April 5 have are being sold openly for up to Rp 250,000, a legislative candidate of the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI) and a loyalist of the Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) said here on Saturday. PKPB candidate Probosutedjo claimed he bought some voter cards from an unidentified seller. "At first I couldn't believe that the cards were being sold. But it turns out to be true after someone offered me 100 cards at price of Rp 50,000 each. I bought 10 cards just to prove it," he said showing the cards.

Posted in Elections @ 03 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto tops world corruption league Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. Transparency International says Suharto stole about $15 billion to $35 billion during his 32 years of rule in a country where the Gross Domestic Product per capita hovers at around $700.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's rent-a-mob industry gears up for election In a slum just a stone's throw from the gaudy mansions of Indonesia's elite, Rizal trades in human flesh and misery. Angry students, the urban poor, the rural poor, supporters, opposers -- all can be arranged for a price. "Over the years, I've had orders for people from the parties of two presidents, but I'll work for anyone," said the 30-year-old Jakarta man, one of thousands of Indonesians who make a living arranging mobs.

Posted in Elections @ 16 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut may join presidential race Former president Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiyanti Rukmana has been asked to run for the presidency in next year election, a move that could pave the way for the return of the old forces onto the country's political stage. Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) chairman Gen. (ret) Raden Hartono asked Tutut on Wednesday to become his party's sole torch bearer, claiming that people across the country wanted her to run.

Posted in Elections @ 04 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just when investors might have been thinking it was safe to look at Indonesia a little less skeptically, the biggest banking scandal to hit the country since the central bank liquidity scandal, this one involving Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and allegedly fraudulent letters of credit, has shattered confidence yet again. With BNI marked for semi-privatization next year, the scandal could hardly have come at a worse time. It highlights concerns raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over corporate governance in Indonesia and the central Bank Indonesia's failure to detect the scam until a year after it allegedly began.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeripto's troubles began after he compiled a report accusing Indonesia's largest timber conglomerate of "under-reporting" the kind of deliberate forest fires that threaten to smother Southeast Asia under another blanket of haze this summer.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Everything will be okay: President President Abdurrahman Wahid played down on Sunday security fears in the wake of rumored mass rallies between people in support of and against him on Monday. "God willing, there will be nothing," Abdurrahman said after a meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday morning to discuss security in the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 29 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur walks out of scandals hearing President Abdurrahman Wahid on Monday left legislators dumbfounded as he abruptly walked out of a meeting with the House of Representatives' special committee investigating the Bulog and Brunei scandals. Abdurrahman surprised everyone as he left the meeting hall at the Jakarta Convention Center only some 45 minutes into the scheduled two-hour session.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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